Credit Scores

Written by Jessica Duquette
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Credit scores play an enormous role in the approval process for any large purchase such as an automobile or home. Having a solid credit score can make life much easier whereas a lower credit score can create more problems. Unfortunately it may be difficult and take a while to repair a damaged credit score.

Improving Credit Scores

Despite the United States becoming more dependent on credit, many Americans have credit scores that do not allow them to open new credit accounts. The best ways to increase your credit score is to ensure that you make all payments on time and try to clean up any past due accounts or inaccuracies on a credit report. Although your credit may take some time to drastically improve, some lenders may notice a positive pattern and be more likely to approve an account.

Sometimes it can be depressing and upsetting for people with poor credit that are trying to make a large purchase. Although they are at the age when they should be purchasing a car or a house they can often be turned down or forced to enlist the help of a co-signer to guarantee the account. The best advice is to not get frustrated but to try to keep improving a credit score through payments.

Interpreting a Score

A credit score can range from 400 to 800, with 800 being the best score possible. Unless a consumer has a perfect score or has gone through financial hardships, most people fall within the range of 550 to 750. Depending on the size of the credit or loan requested a score of 650 or higher is deemed acceptable. Any score below this number may be eligible for an account but may be required to submit a deposit, have a co-signer or include a higher interest rate.

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